In Minturn, some deregulation of short-term rentals on block 100

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The 100 block of Main Street in Minturn, seen from the air. The board is discussing design guidelines for Block 100 in ongoing meetings. The next discussion is scheduled for August 17.
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To use the parlance of our time, block 100 just hits differently.

That’s about all the explanation business owners will get when asking why short-term rentals in one area of ​​Main Street, but not another, will be allowed without a history of Minturn ownership.

If you buy a building on the 100 block and that building has a business generating sales tax on the ground floor, you will now be excluded from the two-year proof of ownership normally required before short-term rentals start. be allowed on the second floor, according to a new ordinance passed Wednesday.



The ordinance did not pass unanimously, with one council member asking another what to say to those outside Block 100 who had to wait two years to start renting in the short term their accommodation on the upper floor.

“What we’re saying is, this is the 100 block, and it’s special,” Council Member Lynn Feiger said.



Block 100 runs along each side of Main Street from Eagle River Street and Williams Street at the north end to Toledo Street at the south end and includes many structures considered vital to the character of the city.

Feiger was one of five to vote in favor of changing the city’s code to accommodate short-term rentals. Feiger said Council member Kate Schifani’s comments helped convince her.

“If we really want to make a change in the 100 block like we say we are doing, then we’re going to have to do things that we’re not doing anywhere else in town,” Schifani said.



Minturn City Council reviewed this distribution of buildings and their current uses on Block 100 of Main Street in Minturn on Wednesday.
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May not be used

The resident who suggested the city deregulate short-term rentals for new homeowners on the 100 block won’t necessarily be able to benefit, city planner Madison Harris said, if he wants to continue using the property as a property completely residential.

“Since it was historically used as residential, it was acquired as residential,” Harris said. “Only once the use changes – if he changes the use of the first floor to retail – can it ever go back to residential. If he keeps the first floor as residential, he can remain residential.

In this situation, using the property as a short-term rental unit would not be considered commercial use, Harris added.

But in order to take advantage of the newly waived two-year ownership requirement, properties on the 100 block of Main Street must have an active licensed commercial sales tax revenue-generating business on the ground floor of the structure. question.

Council members said they spoke to the owner who requested the change to the code after it passed first reading in July.

“He says it’s not helpful at all,” Feiger said.

Nonetheless, city staff saw some value in waiving the ownership requirement, which was identified as a result of the need for more commercial sales tax revenue-generating businesses in the city. as well as the housing shortage in the city, City Manager Michelle Metteer said. the advice in a note.

“This amendment has the ability to require commercial space on the ground floor and accommodation on the upper floors of newly purchased structures in the 100 block area, thereby meeting the needs of both the desired commerce and filling a gap in Minturn’s hosting portfolio,” Metteer said. “This amendment will only affect the 100-block area of ​​the city. Parking requirements for short-term rentals would still apply. “

The code amendment passed 5-2, with Feiger, Tom Sullivan, Terry
Armistead, Kate Schifani and Mayor Earle Bidez are in favour, and George Brodin and Gusty Kanakis oppose.

Design Guidelines (continued)

The short-term rental action followed a broader discussion about the 100 block as a whole, which the council has picked up in hour-long sessions in recent weeks.

New design guidelines were proposed and passed by the council at first reading in July, but have yet to pass second reading.

On Wednesday, the second reading of the ordinance to create new design guidelines for the 100 block of Main Street continued until August 17.

City Council directed staff to draft a maximum height limit of 35 feet for Block 100, with de jure commercial use on the ground floor and conditional residential use on the upper floors.

The parking elements of the 100 block design guidelines will also be negotiated in the coming weeks.

“We’re going to do a big talk about parking,” Bidez said.

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